Friday, July 10, 2009
We've been getting lots and lots of rain for the past couple of months.
We had been in drought conditions up until May, but boy howdy, we've way more than made up for our lack of rain.
It has rained almost every day for two months, at least a little bit, with lots of fast-moving thunderstorms all across Central Florida.
It's hard to believe how much lightning we get here.
Having lived in Texas, Louisiana, and Georgia, I've seen some impressive storms, but the lightning here is completely bizarre.
When the weather is on, and they are giving you the moving radar image across this part of Florida, they put a lightning strike counter up in the corner of the TV screen and it rolls up in number as fast as the price of you filling up your car with high octane gasoline.
On Monday evening, a man on vacation with his family was struck by lightning and killed on the beach shown in the photo of my previous post. The lifeguard had told everyone to clear the beach just in case, but this family didn't and the father was killed.
But, on a happier note, everything that was brown, sickly green, and crunchy three months ago is green, lush, and blooming.
Even the grass in the area is almost unreal in it's green intensity.